Quirke's Cast And Crew

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01Camera Operator And Grip2017070320170906 (R4)Exploring the key crew members on film and drama series defining modern entertainment.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

01Gaffer And Best Boy2017061920170904 (R4)Exploring the key crew members on film and drama series defining modern entertainment.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

01Stuntwoman2017071020170907 (R4)Exploring the key crew members on film and drama series defining modern entertainment.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

01Visual Effects2017062620170905 (R4)Exploring the key crew members on film and drama series defining modern entertainment.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

02Animal Wranglers2019021920190223 (R4)Never work with children o animals, goes the famous advice for anyone working on film or TV production - and according to director, on the set of the forthcoming ITV drama ‘Deep Water’, children are by far the easier of the two. A good wrangler is indispensable on the set of any production involving animals, preventing hours being wasted while errant beasts are brought to heel.
In the third part of the series, Antonia Quirke meets expert wranglers including Bozena Bienkowska, who describes the impact of bringing her wolf onto set, as well as the lengths wranglers must go to in order to avoid being seen on screen; she describe hiding up chimneys, being buried in pits and lying in the boots of cars in order to stay close to her animals as they take their turn in the spotlight.
Antonia also visits ‘The Devil’s Horsemen’. a company specialising in providing horses in some of the biggest films and TV shows in the world, including Games of Thrones, Wonder Woman and the recent Mary Queen of Scots.
She also speaks with Brady Jandreau, a cowboy and horse trainer who went from being a screen wrangler to a leading actor in the film ‘The Rider’ following a horrific accident he suffered while competing in a rodeo.

Antonia Quirke meets some of the wranglers looking after animals on the big screen.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

02Foley Artists2019022620190302 (R4)If a foley artist does their job well, you’ll never notice them while you’re watching a movie. They are the people who add the sound of everything from footsteps and rattling jewellery to jail cells being slammed shut and guns being loaded once the filming’s over. And it’s not just viewers who don’t realise that such sounds are in fact created later on, as Antonia Quirke discovers in this final part of ‘Cast and Crew’ - sometimes even actors don’t know that the footsteps they hear in the final movie aren’t their own. She visits ace foley artist Ruth Sullivan in a dedicated foley studio and watches on as Ruth records the sounds of a football match using a boxing glove and some mint leaves. We hear from one of the masters of foley - Walter Murch - about his work on The Godfather, and Antonia meets Barnaby Smyth, who recently donned his ballet shoes to create the sounds for the forthcoming biopic about Rudolf Nureyev, ‘The White Crow’.

Producer Geoff Bird

Antonia Quirke celebrates the unsung heroes of cinematic sound - foley artists.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

02Location Managers2019020520190209 (R4)Antonia Quirke begins the new series with a look at the role of the location manager in film and television production.

‘Quirke’s Cast and Crew’ examines the contribution made by some of the unsung heroes within film and television - later in the series Antonia will meet animal wranglers, foley artists and composers, and in this first episode Antonia hears all about the vital role of the location manager. Often among the very first people employed on a production, the locations they come up have a major impact on the look and feel of a show or film. The programme begins on the set of the forthcoming Downton Abbey film, where Leon Seth is one of the key members of the location management team, acting as a vital bridge between the film crew and the local community. Antonia joins scout Jethro Ensor on the road in Liverpool as he seeks out possible locations for a drama set in London. These include an old mansion replete with original fittings, and a vast, disused Victorian orphanage. Antonia also speaks with Joe Cairns and Lauren York about the rise of location libraries, offering off-the-peg locations as a quick fix for scouts having to accommodate the burgeoning British film and TV industry.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.

Producer: Geoff Bird

02Screen Composers2019021220190216 (R4)In the second part of the series, Antonia Quirke meets some of the people whose contribution to films and TV shows can have the most dramatic impact - the composers of the score. Some of its most famous practitioners - Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morricone fpr example - are spoken about in the same hushed tones as some of cinemas greatest directors. But how do they go about their work and how much of the job is down to single minded individual genius and how much down to a willingness to collaborate? In order to find out, Antonia hears from Mica Levi, whose work on 'Jackie' won her an Oscar nomination, as well as Francis Macdonald, drummer with the band Teenage Fanclub as he creates the soundtrack for a major BBC documentary about Raymond Briggs. Award winning musician Erland Cooper composes a piece overnight, especially for the show, to accompany a four-minute film shot on the Isle of Skye - and David Julyan tells Antonia all about his long term partnership, since their days at University film club, with director Christopher Nolan.

Producer: Geoff Bird

Credits:
- Mica Levi composed 'Messenger' and 'Mushrooms'. Both were mastered by Shawn Joseph at Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK
- Erland Cooper is the composer of our commissioned piece, ‘The Croft’
- Paul Fegan is director of the film 'The Herd’
- David Julyan: We hear excerpts from ‘Sarah Sees A Crawler’, ‘Are You Watching Closely’, ‘The Lair’, ‘Motel Room’.
- Francis MacDonald - we hear his theme from ‘Cash Trapped’ produced by Possessed for ITV. Also we hear theme from ‘Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen’ produced and directed by Louise Lockwood.

Antonia Quirke meets some of the bright young talents composing music for TV and film.

Antonia Quirke speaks to key crew members working on film and drama series.